NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Welcomes New Administrative Law Judge

July 30, 2012

Washington - Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman has announced the appointment of Stephen R. Woody as an Administrative Law Judge for the agency.

Since July 2009, Judge Woody has served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration. Prior to becoming an ALJ, he was a military trial judge in the U.S. Air Force, presiding over all judicial proceedings under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He also served as a Staff Judge Advocate, and retired from the Air Force with the grade of Colonel.

The Administrative Law Judges conduct formal hearings and issue initial decisions on appeals filed with the Safety Board relating to air safety enforcement actions by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) against pilots and other FAA certificate holders. Administrative Law Judges' initial decisions can be appealed to the NTSB. The Board, in turn, takes final administrative action on appeals and issues decisions affirming, modifying or reversing judges' decisions, or remanding cases to the judge for further proceedings.

Judge Woody will primarily be responsible for hearing cases in the Office of Administrative Law Judges' Northeast Circuit (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia). Judge Woody is a graduate of West Virginia University and earned his law degree at the West Virginia University College of Law.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.